Through two preseason games, the Texans have the number one passing attack in the NFL (number two offense overall) and their defense is fourth in yards per game.
Does this mean the Texans are going to be known as 'Air-Kubiak' this year? We think not. They will still run the ball plenty. But it's not like they can't sling it. Matt Schaub led the league in passing in 2009 and has thrown for over 4,000 yards is each year that he's started every game.
In Saturday's win over Miami, Schaub, as he often does (yes, look it up), came out throwing. That wasn't the big surprise. The Texans went with their 'sugar huddle' (or hurry-up) offense to begin the game. And it's preseason!
The lone blemish in the passing game came when the first drive bit the dust with a pick as DeAndre Hopkins and Schaub misconnected. Gary Kubiak knew Hopkins "wasn't himself" when he ran an incorrect route and stumbled on the play. He was then pulled with a concussion.
Lestar Jean stayed drop-free, making a big catch in the red zone to set up the first TD and snagging Case Keenum's fourth down throw for a touchdown in the second quarter.
The Keenum-Yates battle was a draw as Keenum looked good but Yates was not going to go down without a fight, making several nice throws and hitting Garrett Graham for a touchdown,
WIth all three levels of the depth chart performing well, it's easy to see that many of the young players understand what the Texans 'program' is all about. There was one play in the second half that exemplified this. Ryan Griffin caught a pass downfield from third-QB-on-the-night Yates. It could have been Schaub to OD. It could have been Sage Rosenfels to Joel Dressen. It was a vintage Kubiak play and seeing Griffin fit in is another sign that the team is doing so many of the right things in reloading talent that fits the franchise identity.
Defensively, Houston racked up six sacks on a night that saw J.J. Watt only take two snaps. But Ryan Tannehill threw the ball well, catching fire with Mike Wallace with three connections on the only touchdown drive for the Miami 'ones' against the Texans first team defense. But Houston bounced back on the next defensive series with a '3 and out.'
It was not all roses and candy on Saturday. The opening kickoff (the only return of the night) only went to the 19 yard line and the Texans really want to put in some work in that category. Eddie Pleasant and Shilo Keo left the game with injuries.
And, in the bigger picture, we have yet to see Ed Reed and Arian Foster. Whitney Mercilus should be back soon and he needs reps. But overall, things appear to headed in the right direction. The Texans entertained a Dolphin team that wanted to show they could play on the same stage. It was a convincing, if not dominating win during a time of year when victories mean little. But it gave them some glimpses of what's to come.